Sometimes in my work as a teacher, I ask my students to write an essay in preparation for their GED.The topic would be, "if you could choose anyone, famous or not, to be a family member, who would it be and why?" If I had to write this essay on choosing any sister, I would choose the ones I have. Pattie has been a great sister to her two sisters and two brothers. She is the first of five children and had the capabilities of making things better for all of us. One of the things I can tell you about Pattie is that she always made our Christmas' very special. From our younger years to the current, Pattie was able to provide laughter and make you feel special. (Although she was the special one.)
For Connie, the sister closest in age, a phone call could turn into both of them laughing uncontrollably and having us wonder what they were saying. When Pattie needed to laugh, Connie was there for her. When Connie needed reassurance, Pattie was there for her. Recently the two of them spent time at Pattie's house after Pattie returned home from the hospital.
For Betsy, Pattie was a short drive away. They visited each other often for cookouts and various other events such as shopping and taking short trips. Everywhere Pattie went, laughter for some reason, would highlight the event.
For me, her oldest brother, I could count on very special Christmas' in my younger years, to guitar lessons and educational opportunities in my middle years and training opportunities to further my career in my lifetime. Many times I would stay at Pattie's so that I could attend training or seminars. She would of course, treat me with first class. Breakfast was always a super nice treat.
For Randy, the youngest of us all, Pattie is very special. There are many reasons for this. Pattie liked to spoil Randy in his younger years. (Something about him being the youngest.) The one thing she did do, as she did with all of us, was to make him laugh. In a lot of families when there are 20 years difference in age, brothers and sisters are not always close. This was not the case between Pattie and Randy. They were very close. Recently, when Randy was on one of his coast to coast truck runs, he told Pattie he would be calling her every day until she got well.
Pattie will certainly be missed by many, but she will never be forgotten by anyone who had the pleasure of meeting her. Her laugh will continue to keep us laughing as we look back over the many enjoyable times we have all had. Pattie, you are an amazing sister, and thank you for everything.